We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Saskia de Jong

Technician Assistant

I grew up in remote northern Ontario where we had more bears and moose than we had people. I always had a natural connection with wildlife and no real fear. I was about five when I decided that I wanted to be a doctor but my interest in all things wildlife and knack for helping animals have always prevailed. At this point, I have had the chance to work with many types of domesticated animals like dogs, cats, cows and alpacas through to wild animals like snakes, dingos and sharks. I am still currently in school and awaiting entry into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

I started at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic as a volunteer in the spring of 2016. I was hired to work full time in December 2017 to fill in for one of the staff on maternity leave. I really enjoy assisting in and learning about all aspects of veterinary medicine; from nail trims through to surgery every animal and thus every case is very different. My main area of interest, however, lies on the surgical side of things but I am always keen to do and help with anything.

My first pet was a little black and white cat named Twinkle. We had her in northern Ontario. She was supposed to be a "mouser" but she was afraid of mice! A fun fact about myself is that I train for and race in long distance triathlon (Ironman) when I am not at work or in class! I also play the fiddle.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic